Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year


We wish you all the best in the New Year ... the warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.
We look forward to continuing to bring you the best board games throughout the coming year.
Happy New Year to all from Ron & Lynn at Off The Charts Games!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Give the Gift of Fun, Give the Gift of Games


It's time
for surprises
in all shapes
and sizes!


Strategy Board Games 

Euro Board Games

Dice Games

Card Games












Come in to Off The Charts Games and let us help you with those last minute Christmas gifts. You can find us in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Must Haves: Board Games and More...


All of the board games that sit on the shelves
Are eagarly waiting for Santa's elves.


Come in to Off The Charts Games for your Christmas Must Haves.  We have a wide selection of board games, card games, dice games, puzzles and more. You can find us in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Must Have: White Elephant The Card Game


The classic White Elephant gift exchange is now simulated in this classic holiday game.


It's the classic cheapskate dilemma...you have three people on your Christmas list and an aversion to opening your pocketbook.  Luckily you will be attending several White Elephant gift exchange parties where, if you "play your cards right," you can swap some junk you found in the attic for re-giftable treasures.  Viola!  You fill your gift list for free - the ultimate cheapskate victory. Great Uncle Irwin may just be getting that Fish Pitcher that gurgles when you pour!


Come in for this great holiday game and others at Off The Charts Games.  We are located in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just In Time For The Holidays These Games and more...

Kingdom Builder:  Who will have the most powerful kingdom at the end of the game?

Do you have what it takes to colonize a new world?  Welcome to the prize of mankind's explorations, a newly discovered world deep in uncharted space - Alien Frontiers
Curtains up for the opening night!  Being a Show Manager you invest money for your shows, engage the cast for your productions and try to avoid miscasts. Choose which city to stage your show  and celebrate your biggest triumphs or suffer your worst crashes.
Risk: Metal Gear Solid - Tactical  Espionage  Action

Also in and on our shelves are:

  • A Few Acres of Snow - an innovative war game
  • A Game of Thrones: Board Game (2nd Edition) - Plays out the war for Westeros and the claim to the Iron Throne.
  • Belfort - You've got Dwarves, Elves, No Gnomes, a handful of supplies, and 7 months to prove that you're the best builder in Belfort. Now get out there and win!
  • Cowabunga - Catch a wave in this brand new card game of ups and downs!  If you can finish the the game with least amount of wipeouts, you'll be the big Cow-huna!
Wander in and see all these games and more with a wide of  board games, card games, dice games, and puzzles at Off The Charts Games.  We are located in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New for 2011 and Just In: These fabulous games


Embark on an incredible adventure with this Ticket Ride Map Collection Asia an expansion to Ticket To Ride or Ticket To Ride Europe.  Ride the rails on the Team Asia Map or on the Legendary Asia Map.



 Also out is Hinterlands, the sixth addition to the game Dominion.



Discover Undermining, a great family strategy game where players take on the role of rival miners, hollowing out an alien world in their MTV's.

Wander in and see these and games and the variety of other board games, card games, dice games, and puzzles at Off The Charts Games.  We are located in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Games




The perfect way to work off that Thanksgiving feast is to grab your family and friends and sit down to a rousing  game.  So pop in and let us assist you in finding that right game for your group, be a party game, dice game, card game or strategy game.


 Visit us at Off The Charts Games for a fabulous selection of games.  We are located in Historic Downstown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Release for 2011 and Just In: Undermining!


In 2247 an incredible discovery was made.  Buried within an asteroid hurling through space, are the remains of an ancient alien spacecraft.  As a small mining corporation, you can't pass up this golden opportunity to expand your company and become wealthy!  Mine beneath the surface of the asteroid, exploit the resources to build upgrades, or fill contracts for star bucks!  Outmaneuver your opponents in your Universal Mining Vehicle and discover alien technologies to aid your in your conquests!  Undermining is a fantastic family stratey game.



Also back in stock is the Multi-Award-winning game: Caylus.
 It's 1289. To strengthen the borders of the Kindom of France, King Phillip has decided to have a new castle built in the humble village of Caylus. Around the building site a city is slowly rising up. The players are master builders. By building the King's castle and the city around it, they earn prestige points and gain the King's favor. When the castle is finished the player who has earned the most prestige points wins the game.


For these and other great games come visit us at Off The Charts Games.  We are located in Historic Downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A great line-up of games in this week!

 Jet in this week and check out these three great board games from Wattsalpoag Games of Bellevue, Washington:
  • Jet Set - Can you run an International Airline? This economic game will make a world traveler out of you.  Watch the video below.
  • Last Call - Hey, Bartender make me a highball quick!
  • Claim It! - Stake your claim.  It's gold fever in this claim-jumping game.


These games also hit the shelves this week:
  • Pandemic - A cooperative game where the fate of humanity is in your hands!
  • Tobago - The adventure begins when you assemble the modular board into one of 32 different scenarios.  This is a fabulous family game and winner of the 2010 BoardGameGeek Golden Best Family Game.
  • Quarriors! - The dice game of uber strategic hexahedron monster combat mayhem! 
You can get a look at Quarriors! in this video from this year's Essen Game Fair Convention

Come in and find out more about this line up of Just In Games at Off The Charts Games.  We are located in Historic downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd Street.



Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans and all who serve our country!

In honor of those of you who have gone "Off The Charts" to defend our country, today we are offering a 10% discount to Veterans and active service members.

For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come in and see us at Off The Charts Games! We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who's new in Gresham? Come see us and other exciting new businesses at the Fall Chamber Expo!



We'd love to see you at today's Gresham Chamber of Commerce New Businesses Fall Expo.  We will be showcasing a variety of our board games along side other new businesses that have recently set up shop in Gresham.  It doesn't cost you to attend so come see who's here.  The event is from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm this evening at St. Henry's Catholic Church Gymnasium at 346 NW 1st Street.

If you can't make the Expo event then stop in at the store and Ron will happily give you a tour of the games.  At Off The Charts Games we have a fabulous selection of strategy, family, card, and dice games.  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just In This Week: Kingsburg and ...


Discover this great strategy game, Kingsburg. An excerpt from the game manufacturer - Fantasy Flight Games describes the game as:
"Combining many of the best elements of European and American board game design styles, Kingsburg has been praised for its clever use of dice and its high level of player interaction. Though dice-rolling is a significant mechanic of the game, the presence of luck never feels arbitrary or excessive. Rather, the game encourages players to apply their dice rolls strategically, in ways that simultaneously benefit themselves and vex their opponents. And while a card-drawing mechanic determines the nature and difficulty of yearly NPC enemies (these enemies must be faced by each player individually, and failure against them can cause major setbacks), players can “scout the draw” in advance by influencing the right advisor. This means that players who have devoted resources to acquiring this valuable intelligence can adequately prepare for the coming onslaught while their opponents languish in ignorance... or they can bluff, exaggerating the threat and compelling their opponents to overspend!"
SRC: Fantasy Flight Games

Another fun game just in is Martian Dice where you Swoop, Scoop, and Score! You are the Martians coming to earth to abduct Humans, Cows, and Chickens.  
Catch this video review by Reviews Without Pants.



For the Dungeons and Dragons Enthusiasts is this third in a series of board games by Wizards of the Coast The Legend of Drizzt:  


The adventures of Drizzt Do’Urden, as told in the New York Times best-selling Forgotten Realms novels by R.A. Salvatore, come to life in this thrilling board game. Take on the role of the legendary drow ranger or one of his famous adventuring companions, battle fearsome foes, and win treasure and glory.

Catch a game play video by Wizard of the Coast.



For these and other fun-tastic games come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games. We are located in the historic downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St., Gresham, OR 97080

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Portland game inventor hits the beach!

We support local game inventors!  In this week is Mermaid Beach invented by Portland's Emily Ehlers.


An excerpt from Oregon Lives's article covering Emily and how she invented this fun new game
"On her 12th birthday this year, Emily Ehlers, a seventh-grader at West Sylvan Middle School, received a mysterious package from Massachusetts.
"I had a small suspicion that it was my game, so I opened it." She beams, the delight of the moment still evident.
Inside the package was a game, Mermaid Beach. She had dreamed up the ocean-themed card game when she was in third grade. Four years later there it was, professionally produced and packaged by Gamewright, maker of popular family games like Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat and Sleeping Queens. She was officially a game inventor."
"Emily and her family spent her third-grade year sailing a boat down the East Coast of the United States and on to the Bahamas. She and her brothers, Jake and Drew, were home-schooled for the year. They spent time playing games, including Sleeping Queens, Emily's favorite. "When I found out it was invented by a girl, I wanted to do that too," she says." 



 SRC: Oregon Live


Other games by local inventor's that you can find in our store are:

For these and other fun-tastic games come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games. We are located in the historic downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St., Gresham, OR 97080.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Arrivals of Children's Games




In this week are these additional super fun children's board games:
Whoowasit? - Reveal the secrets of the talking animals and find the thief.  A magical chess contains intelligent electronics that ensure the game is different and exciting every time.
Mystery Garden - The "Guess What I See" game. Enter Mystery Garden with all of its fascinating scenery and various magical inhabitants.
Sherlock Deluxe -  The card game where memory and deduction are "Elementary"!
Race To The Roof -  Get ready for this exciting game of pursuit where no two games are alike.  Can you make it to the attic before anyone else?  Parents' Choice Gold Award.

For these and other fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles  come and visit us at at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.  We proudly serve the Gresham, and the greater Portland and Vancouver areas.

In This Week Two Strategy Games About Portugal


Macao, the mysterious harbor city on the south coast of China, is the Portuguese trading center in the far east at the end of the 17th century.  In this game, players take on the roles of the energetic adventurers who sought their fortunes in Macao.  Whether as captain or governor, as craftsman or scholar, numerous exciting functions are offered.  Who will use his various possible actions the wisest?  Who will have the best plan and can acquire the most prestige by the end of the game?

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Interested in wine-making? Vintage is a game for anyone who is interested in making their own wine. This game is about the Douro River Valley of Portugal, the oldest demarcated wine producing region in the world, designated World Heritage, and the production of port wine.  In the game, you will attempt to buy wine-growing estates and plant them with the best grape varieties to try and produce the highest quality port wine - a Vintage.

Other games arriving this week include:
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game - When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.  There is no middle ground.
Lord of the Rings Adventure Packs: Hunt for Gollum -and- Hills of Enyn Muil
Munchkin Expansion Packs 
Have you Herd? - a fascinating and highly addicting animal dice game.

For these and other fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles  come and visit us at at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.  We proudly serve the Gresham, and the greater Portland and Vancouver areas.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This Just In Star Trek Expeditions and More


Star Trek Expeditions:   A Cooperative Mission Game designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia.
 

Play as Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura as the U.S.S. Enterprise enters orbit around the planet Nibia. You find the President of Nibia less happy to see you than the invitation suggested, and Mr. Spock has detected evidence that another starship may have recently been in orbit.
You must lead your away team down to the planet's surface and discover what has changed Nibia's relationship with the Federation, and unravel the mysteries of Nibia! 
Ready your phasers, and prepare to beam down!

Also in are these All "Star" games:
Star Fluxx - From Looney Labs; "Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could go - it blasts off for the Stars!"
Survive: Escape from Atlantis -  An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea! Unless the people of Atlantis escape in time, all the inhabitants are doomed! Get to safety via boat, but watch for the sea serpents, sharks, and whales.
Nuns on the Run - The novices are on the loose! Temptation has lured them out of their cells, and they hope not to be caught by the abbess and the prioress. But the guards are swift and their hearing is excellent, so it will take craftiness and a bit of luck in order to make it back to their beds without being caught!
Kinder Bunnies - A "Hare" raising good time for young children.  Kinder Bunnies is loaded with colorful animals characters, activities and interactive game play.


For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in Gresham and in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come and see us at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.



Just in Time for Halloween this Frightenly Fun Game:



From Z-Man  Games comes this zombie game based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series:
"Enter the world of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead! Become a player and take on the role of a survivor in a world suddenly full of zombies. With only one companion at the start of the game, each player must struggle to gather resources, find other survivors, and eventually find a refuge from the zombies . . ."


Also in are these All "Star" games:
Star Trek Expeditions - A cooperative mission game designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia.
Star Fluxx - From Looney Labs; "Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could go - it blasts off for the Stars!"
Survive: Escape from Atlantis -  An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea! Unless the people of Atlantis escape in time, all the inhabitants are doomed! Get to safety via boat, but watch for the sea serpents, sharks, and whales.
Nuns on the Run - The novices are on the loose! Temptation has lured them out of their cells, and they hope not to be caught by the abbess and the prioress. But the guards are swift and their hearing is excellent, so it will take craftiness and a bit of luck in order to make it back to their beds without being caught!
Kinder Bunnies - A "Hare" raising good time for young children.  Kinder Bunnies is loaded with colorful animals characters, activities and interactive game play.

For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in Gresham and in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come and see us at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Just In: Wasabi and others


Come in and see the games new in this week one of which is Wasabi.

An excerpt from the makers describe the game as follows:
"In Wasabi! you and the other players are apprentice chefs competing to assemble your quota of unique sushi recipes in a rapidly dwindling space.  Draw a variety of delicious ingredients into your hand from the pantry and play them one at a time onto the board, building off of other previously-placed ingredients in the attempt to complete recipes of varying difficulty.... Completing a recipe with style will earn you bonus points, but you might not always have the time to set up such stylish maneuvers...balancing speed with technique will be crucial if you plan to win the game!"

Other great games that arrived this week include:
K2 - Standing in the blazing sun, you look down to where your tent awaits you. But to reach it, you must go through the blizzard raging on the toughest stretch. Can you do it?
Gobblet - Gobble up, line up and win!
Guillotine - The revolutionary card game where you win by getting a head.
Zombies!!! - This one's a No-Brainer!
 Please come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games and see this weeks' arrival of new games.


Discovering Thunderstone



Here is Jake and Dad, Ben, long time Dominion players discovering Thunderstone Dragonspire the fantasy themed deck building card game.




We have Dragonspire open and available for play.  You can find this great game and other Thunderstone game expansions available in our store.


For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come in and see us at Off The Charts Games! We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oregon Live Covers Off The Charts Games



Hey everyone, Off The Charts Games also made it into the Oregonian.  Read the fabulous article that April Choi wrote for the Oregonian about our exciting board game store.

Despite being open for only a few weeks, they already have some regulars. 

"We've been open four weeks, and they're coming in every week," Ron Brown said. "We order weekly. One of our goals is to have something new all the time."

SRC:  Oregon Live


Please come in and see our selection of games at Off The Charts Games

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Off The Charts Games article in the Gresham Outlook


See the wonderful article about our retail store in the Gresham Outlook.  Special thanks to The Outllook's Anne Endicott and Jim Clark for the story and picture.

Below is a short excerpt from the article:
“There’s a large portion of people who still play board games,” said Ron Brown, who together with wife, Lynn, recently opened Off the Charts Games in Gresham. “You’re connecting with people, interacting, talking and laughing. You can see when you do well. Board games are a great way to sit down after a long week and have a good time.”

SRC: Gresham Outlook

Please come in and see our selection of games at Off The Charts Games

This Just In: Back to the Future The Card Game

Our aim at Off The Charts Games is to continually bring you new products. Just arrived this week is Back to the Future The Card Game.

An excerpt from the rules describes the game as follows:
"In this game you are a time traveler, a descendant of one of the characters in the Back to the Future movies. Unfortunately, other time travelers have been tampering with events in your past, endangering your very existence. You must put things back in the ways that seem right to you, then stop Doc Brown from ever inventing time travel, which will freeze reality the way tyou need it to be, once and for all.
The game is played entirely with cards, but has the feel of a board game since important events are represented by a special grid of 24 cards called the TimeLine."
Another great game from Looney Labs, the makers of Fluxx and Seven Dragons.

Please come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games and see our new games that came in this week.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Game Profile: Carcassonne

A simple & clever tile laying game that brings new challenges with every turn.




Mechanics Tile Placement
Theme Medieval
Publication Z-Man Games, 2000
Ages 8+
Time 45
Players 2 - 5
Description

In Carcassonne, players develop an area around the city by placing land tiles. Each turn the area becomes larger as the players expand and add roads, fields, cities, and cloisters. Players may also deploy their followers as thieves, farmers, knights, and monks to control and score points for the roads, farms, cities, and cloisters. As the players have only a few followers; the wise player will plan his moves carefully and deploy followers when and where they can earn the most points.


The game now includes the River and the Abbot mini expansions.  The River gives you a new place to start. The Abbot brings gardens and provides for more scoring options.



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Come and visit us at 30 NW 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Gresham. We have a full range of family games, strategy games, Euro-style games, war games, card games, dice games and more. Also for the puzzle enthusiasts we carry quality puzzles from Ravensburger, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.


We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Settlers of Catan; The Gateway Board Game


Often called the gateway game of European board games, Settlers of Catan, is also the pioneer of European board games. Wired Magazine does a great job explaining the phenomena back in 2009 with an article titled "Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre.

To get an idea of how influential Klaus Teuber, creator of Settlers of Catan, read the exerpt below. Its a great indication of how popular these board games are in Germany.

...In 1991, Klaus Teuber was well on his way to becoming one of the planet's hottest board game designers. Teuber (pronounced "TOY-burr"), a dental technician living with his wife and three kids in a white row house in Rossdorf, Germany, had created a game a few years earlier called Barbarossa and the Riddlemaster, a sort of ur-Cranium in which players mold figures out of modeling clay while their opponents try to guess what the sculptures represent. The game was a hit, and in 1988 it won the Spiel des Jahres prize—German board gaming's highest honor.

Winning some obscure German award may not sound impressive, but in the board game world the Spiel des Jahres is, in fact, a very, very big deal. Germans, it turns out, are absolutely nuts about board games. More are sold per capita in Germany than anywhere else on earth. The country's mainstream newspapers review board games alongside movies and books, and the annual Spiel board game convention in Essen draws more than 150,000 fans from all walks of life.

Because of this enthusiasm, board game design has become high art—and big business—in Germany. Any game aficionado will tell you that the best-designed titles in the world come from this country. In fact, the phrase German-style game is now shorthand for a breed of tight, well-designed games that resemble Monopoly the way a Porsche 911 resembles a Chevy Cobalt.

But back in 1991, despite having designed a series of successful German-style titles, Teuber still thought of making board games as a hobby, albeit a lucrative one. "With all the games, we would sell 300,000 the first year and then next to nothing the next," he says. So Teuber stuck with his day job selling dental bridges and implants, struggling to keep afloat the 60-person business he had inherited from his father. At night he would retreat to his basement workshop and play.

One day Teuber began tinkering with a new theme for a game: an uncharted island. In his original vision, players would slowly discover the island by flipping over tiles, then establish colonies using the indigenous natural resources. The game incorporated elements of other ideas Teuber was working on, but for some reason this one seemed special. "I felt like I was discovering something rather than inventing it," Teuber says.

Every once in a while, he would bring the new game upstairs to test it out on his family. They would play along, but Teuber could tell that the game wasn't working. Sometimes, in the middle of a match, he would notice his youngest son, Benny, reading a comic under the table. Other times his wife would suddenly remember a load of laundry that needed immediate attention. After each of these sessions, Teuber would haul the game back downstairs for further refinement. He repeated this process over the course of four years.

Eventually, Teuber whittled his invention down to a standard pair of dice, a handful of colored wooden houses that represented settlements and cities, stacks of cards that stood for resources (brick, wool, wheat, and others), and 19 hexagonal cardboard tiles that were arranged on a table to form the island. He had hit on something with this combination—the enthusiasm on family game night was palpable. During nearly every session, he, his wife, and their children would find themselves in heated competition. The game was done, Teuber decided. He called it Die Siedler von Catan, German for "The Settlers of Catan...."

Find out what happens next at WIRED Magaizine's webs site.

Dont Forget. If you want European board games in Portland visit us at Off The Charts Games!